I’ve distorted your verve,
the sycophantic shadows of pet azaleas
calligraphic, saturnine
against the hoydenish houndstooth drape.

It’s a looping lexicon:
your contour around cats,
the soldier’s ruins of your seeming,
prehensile paper-thick cantatas,
how aboveboard you resist molded neon buckets.

You delineate thesbian graffiti
in that carved Cadillac of billboard bones.

Previously published in Fowl Feathered Review, January 2018

Megan Denese Mealor

Megan Denese Mealor resides in her native land of Jacksonville, Florida. A survivor of bipolar disorder, she often incorporates her kaleidoscopic emotions into her writing. Her work has been featured in literary journals worldwide, most recently in Spillwords, Eunoia Review, and The Stray Branch. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, Megan has authored two full-length poetry collections: "Bipolar Lexicon" (Unsolicited Press) and "Blatherskite" (Clare Songbirds). Currently, Megan is studying English at the University of North Florida while caring for her autistic son. She, her family, and three cats occupy a cavernous, yet cozy townhouse ornamented with ads for Victorian inventions.